embryonic

adjective
em·bry·on·ic | \ˌem-brē-ˈä-nik \

Definition of embryonic 

1 : of or relating to an embryo

2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary an embryonic plan

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Other Words from embryonic

embryonically \ˌem-brē-ˈä-ni-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of embryonic in a Sentence

The tourism industry there is still in an embryonic stage.

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His answer sounds like an early road map for the social credit system: to use then-embryonic tools such as artificial intelligence to collect and synthesize reams of data. Mara Hvistendahl, Science | AAAS, "A revered rocket scientist set in motion China’s mass surveillance of its citizens," 14 Mar. 2018 Stem cells 1998: Researcher James A. Thomson becomes the first scientist to derive and grow human embryonic stem cells in the lab. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW scientific advances include vitamins, growing human embryonic stem cells in lab," 12 July 2018 That’s unusual: In most other mammals, testicles form during embryonic development near the kidneys and then descend, either to the lower abdomen or an external scrotum, by the time of a male’s birth. New York Times, "The Evolutionary Origin of Descending Testicles," 29 June 2018 During embryonic development in human males, reproductive structures morph into proto-testes deep in the abdomen (in females, these same structures go on to form ovaries). Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The Earliest Mammals Kept Their Cool With Descended Testicles," 28 June 2018 It is often forgotten, but the goal's greatest piece of skills was at the very embryonic stages of the move. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 8 Weeks To Go - When the World Witnessed Diego Maradona's 'Goal of the Century'," 29 Apr. 2018 In the frog Xenopus tropicalis, Kirschner and Klein did single-cell RNA sequencing at 10 embryonic stages between 5 and 22 hours after fertilization. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "How one cell gives rise to an entire body," 26 Apr. 2018 Wochit From Vitamin D and human embryonic stem cells to blood thinners and new treatment avenues for patients with Alzheimer's Disease, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been home to numerous scientific advances since its founding in 1849. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW scientific advances include vitamins, growing human embryonic stem cells in lab," 12 July 2018 Histogen converts the fibroblasts by placing them into simulated embryonic conditions, including suspending them in liquid and low oxygen. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hair regrowth treatment now being tested in women by La Jolla's Histogen," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of embryonic

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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embryonic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of embryonic

: of or relating to an embryo

: in an early or undeveloped stage

embryonic

adjective
em·bry·on·ic | \ˌem-brē-ˈän-ik \

Medical Definition of embryonic 

1 : of or relating to an embryo

2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary

Other Words from embryonic

embryonically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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